NYT Highlights Korean Temple Stays
07-24-2018    chosun.com
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:country-region w:st="on"><SPAN lang=EN-US>South Korea</SPAN></st1:country-region><SPAN lang=EN-US> -- <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Korea</st1:place></st1:country-region>'s temple stays, which introduce foreigners to the spirit and culture of Korean Buddhist temples, have drawn the attention of the international press. Catherine Price of the New York Times on Saturday reported on a temple stay, one of many that are steadily gaining popularity as a unique cultural commodity in <st1:country-region w:st="on">Korea</st1:country-region>, at the <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Lotus</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Lantern</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">International</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Meditation</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> on <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Ganghwa</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Island</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Price gave details of her own experiences at the <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Lotus</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Lantern</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">International</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Meditation</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> on <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Ganghwa</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Island</st1:PlaceType></st1:place>, and indicated that temple life can be very different and uncomfortable for outsiders at first. The benefits of the program come from detaching oneself from the grind of modern-day life and experiencing the charm that comes from practicing temperance.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The reporter was surprised at the diverse backgrounds of the participants in the program and said that the two days she spent learning about the lives of the monks were very rough but also unforgettable.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>Kayte Lowri Pritchard, a 24-year-old from <st1:place w:st="on">North Wales</st1:place> enjoyed her trips to the temples so much that she is now helping organize program visits for foreigners. "It's like having a big extended family. Everyone is so caring and kind." She said.</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
   
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